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9 Most Popular Cat Breeds

Would you like to know which cat breeds are the most popular?

Find out in this article which cat breeds are the most popular. You can learn more about their origins, temperament, health issues, and more.

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9 Most Popular Cat Breeds

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most popular cat breeds

Abyssinian

Curious and intelligent, Abyssinian will not stop exploring any corner of the house.

They like to jump and climb as well as play.

To keep them busy, provide cat toys that challenge their intelligence.

Abyssinian Characteristic:

  • Origin: Ethiopia
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Weight: Males 7 to 10 pounds. Females 6 to 8 pounds
  • Coat: Medium
  • Color: Ruddy, red, blue, fawn
  • Personality: Independent, Intelligent
  • Lifespan: 9 to 15 years
  • Health: Periodontal disease, patellar luxation, and retinal atrophy

American Shorthair

The American Shorthair enjoys hunting small vermin and insects.

This is a smart, moderately active feline who likes to learn tricks.

Puzzles and interactive toys challenge their intelligence.

American Shorthair Characteristic:

  • Origin: USA
  • Size: Medium to large
  • Weight: Males 11 to 15 pounds. Females 8 to 12 pounds
  • Coat: Short
  • Color: White, blue, red, cream, and silver
  • Personality: Adaptable, good-natured, dog friendly
  • Lifespan: 15 to 20 years.
  • Health: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, ocular and respiratory issues, obesity
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Birman

The Birman cat is a distinct breed. Their luxurious fur, their white paws, and their fascinating blue eyes give this breed an undeniable charisma.

Birman Characteristic:

  • Origin: Burma (now Myanmar)
  • Size: Medium to large
  • Weight: Males 9 to 15 pounds. Females 6 to 10 pounds
  • Coat: Medium to long
  • Color: Seal point, blue point, chocolate point, lilac point
  • Personality: Sweet, gentle, and playful
  • Lifespan to 15 to 20 years.
  • Health issues: Generally the Birman is a healthy cat, but can suffer hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
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Maine Coon

Maine Coon cats are curious, intelligent, and playful.

This is one of the largest breeds of domestic cats.

They have a friendly temperament, which is why people call them gentle giants.

Maine Coon Characteristic:

  • Origin: USA
  • Size: Large
  • Weight: Males 12 to 15 pounds. Females 9 to 12 pounds
  • Coat: Shorter on the shoulder, and longer on the stomach. Smooth and shaggy fur
  • Color: Brown tabby
  • Personality: Curious, intelligent, and playful
  • Lifespan to 15 to 20 years.
  • Health issues: Can suffer from hip dysplasia, and spinal muscular atrophy
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Persian

Persian cats are docile and independent but selective when it comes to showing affection.

These felines enjoy calm and relaxing environments.

They get along well with mild-mannered children and laid-back dogs.

Persian Characteristic:

  • Origin: Persia (old Mesopotamia)
  • Size: Medium to large
  • Weight: Males 9 to 14 pounds. Females 7 to 11 pounds
  • Coat: Long, thick, glossy
  • Color: White, blue, black, red, cream, chocolate, lilac
  • Personality: Docile and independent
  • Lifespan: 15 to 20 years.
  • Health issues: Respiratory difficulties, heat sensitivity. Susceptible to ringworm, and skin conditions

Ragdoll

Ragdoll cats like to learn tricks and certain behaviors with positive reinforcement.

This cat breed is affectionate, intelligent, and playful.

Its main characteristic is that they go limp when picked up, like a rag doll, hence its name.

Ragdoll Characteristic:

  • Origin: California (USA)
  • Size: Medium
  • Weight: 10 to 15 pounds
  • Coat: Semi-long. Plush and silky
  • Color: Seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream
  • Personality: Affectionate, intelligent, playful
  • Lifespan: 12 to 17 years.
  • Health issues: She may develop bladder stones, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and infectious peritonitis
most popular cat breeds

Siamese

The Siamese are social, intelligent, and vocal. They like to play with other cats, dogs, and children.

Although they are active and curious, they also love to snuggle with their humans.

Siamese Characteristic:

  • Origin: Siam (now Thailand)
  • Size: Medium
  • Weight: Male: 11 to 15 pounds. Female: 8 to 12 pounds
  • Coat: Short, fine, glossy
  • Color: Seal point, blue point, chocolate point, lilac point
  • Personality: Social, intelligent, and vocal
  • Lifespan: 11 to 15 years.
  • Health: Risk of respiratory illness and periodontal disease. Other problems such as retinal atrophy or glaucoma, and bladder stones.

Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold enjoys playing with challenging toys that test her intelligence.

They are very affectionate cats and like interaction with their humans.

Scottish Folds prefer the company of humans rather than other cats or dogs.

Scottish Fold Characteristic:

  • Origin: Scottland
  • Size: Medium
  • Weight: Male: 9 to 13 pounds. Female: 6 to 9 pounds
  • Coat: Dense and plush
  • Color: White, black, blue, red, cream, and silver
  • Personality: Affectionate, intelligent, playful
  • Lifespan: 11 to 15 years.
  • Health issues: Her folded ears are susceptible to ear infections.
  • They can suffer from degenerative joint disease and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.¬†

Sphynx

The Sphynx is a muscular, hairless cat with wide ears and a friendly expression.

This feline is affectionate and enjoys playing. He is a sweet, cheerful cat who loves to be the center of attention.

The Sphynx gets along well with other pets.

They do not like to be alone all day.

Sphynx Characteristic:

  • Origin: Canada-Toronto
  • Size: Medium
  • Weight: Male: 8 to 12 pounds, Female: 6 to 9 pounds
  • Coat: Hairless
  • Color: White, black, blue, red, cream, chocolate, lavender, cinnamon, and fawn
  • Personality: Sweet-natured, lively and inquisitive
  • Lifespan: 8 to 15 years.
  • Health issues: Higher risk of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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